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VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R4 Now Shipping

VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R4 Now Available

We are pleased to introduce VUE and PlantFactory 2016 Release 4 (R4)!

VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R4 are loaded with new features and improvements such as Stereo Rendering, VR180 Support, Multi-Polygonal and Crossed-Planes Leaves and a lot more!

Check this out!

Key New Features in VUE 2016 R4

360Stereo render by VUE Artist Drea Horvath

  • Stereoscopic Rendering:
    • Available for both panoramic (360° and 180°) and non-panoramic renders
    • For Stills and Animations
    • User defined Interpupillary Distance and final image layout (top/bottom or left/right)
    • 3 convergence modes for handling parallax: Parallel, Converged and Off-axis
    • Automatically recognized by Stereo-compliant platforms (such as Youtube) and can be played on stereo compliant devices such as Occulus Rift, HTC Vive, Nvidia 3DVision, Sony PSVR, Google DayDream, Google Carboard etc.
    180 Degree VR Panoramas (VR180)
    • Render a 180° vertical and horizontal FOV
    • Automatically recognized by VR180-compliant platforms (such as Facebook and Youtube)
    Multi-pass Rendering Improvements
    • Optimized handling of semi-transparent materials to prevent background color to bleed within object mask color data
    • Embed alpha channel for each mask pass (when the output format supports it)
    Path Tracer renderer improvements:
    • Adds support for normal mapping
    • Selection of OpenCL devices: All Available Devices, GPU Devices Only, or CPU Devices Only
    UX/UI improvements
    • Added support for CPUs with more than 64 cores on Windows
    • Improved 4K/HiDPI display compatibility
    • Better responsiveness and faster computation of Procedural Terrain within the Terrain Editor
    • Alembic compatibility updated to version 1.7.3
    xStream Integration:
    • Adds support for Maya 2018 (MentalRay and VRay - incl. viewport 2.0)
    • Adds support for Cinema 4D R19.
Full VUE 2016 R4 feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new

Key New Features in PlantFactory 2016 R4

Single plane leaves and crossed-plane flowers close-up

  • Multi-Polygonal Single-Plane Leaves
    • Perfect for both offline rendering and light enough for real-time
    • Grid based mesh to add more realism in the vegetation finer details
    • Leaves can be bent, curved, folded and react to wind
    • Compatible with auto and user-defined LODs
    • Compatible with color shift, multi materials, two-sided materials etc...
    Crossed-Plane Leaves
    • Particularly suited for real-time engines, or low level LODs
    • Ideal for representing complex plant geometry parts such as flower groups or dense foliage
    • Very effective in terms of polygon count and memory footprint
    • Select either 2 or 3 crossed planes (2 vertical + 1 horizontal)
    • Fully customizable texturing
    • 4 Normal computation parameters for perfect integration
    Multi-pass Rendering Improvements
    • Optimized handling of semi-transparent materials to prevent background color to bleed within object mask color data
    • Embed alpha channel for each mask pass (when the output format supports it)
    UI/UX improvements:
    • Improved Export
    • Improved sap inheritance
    • Added support for CPUs with more than 64 cores on Windows
    • Added wireframe display for billboards
    • Improved display of billboards back face
    • Enhanced image browsing
    • Improved hooking points placement for warpboards

Full PlantFactory 2016 R4 feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview/

Availability

Release 4 (R4) is available as a free software update for all registered users of VUE and PlantFactory 2016.

The 2016 R4 personal learning editions (PLE) and trial versions are also immediately available.

Download the 2016 R4 PLEs and Trials from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

3D Environment Competition 2017 Winners Announced

We're proud to announce the 3 winners for the 2017 3D Environment Competition!

We are always impressed by the creativity and excellent work shown in our contests, which encourage Artists to keep pushing their composition and 3D realism skills to a new level.

We would like to thank the judges for their dedication and enlightening comments, all sponsors for their generous contribution, the Cornucopia3D staff for their invaluable help, and of course, all participants.

Congratulations to the winners for their truly superb works!

3D Environment Competition 2017 Winner


At the Heart of the Island by Alen Vejzovic

Alen Vejzovic will receive worth over $17,000 in prizes!

First Runner Up


Wonderfully Alone by Alessandro Mancini

Alessandro Mancini will receive worth over $8,000 in prizes!


Second Runner Up


Fisherman by Maciek Sikora

Maciek Sikora will receive worth over $4000 in prizes!


3D Environment Competition 2017 - e-on Academic Winner


Cave by Jonathan Bacheter - ArtFX

Jonathan Bacheter will receive worth over $4000 in prizes!




3D Environment Competition 2017 Finalists Announced

We're excited to announce the 10 finalists for the 2017 3D Environment Competition!

A big thanks to all the 160 artists who entered this year, we were in awe of all the artwork and it was a very close call.

Wishing good luck to the judges on selecting the 3 winners, it will be a tough decision :)

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced on October 31st, 2017. Check back to see the results!


The Sword in the Stone by Luigi Marini

Fisherman by Maciek Sikora

Wonderfully Alone by Alessandro Mancini

At the Heart of the Island by Alen Vejzovic

Unplugged by German Jarrys

Anyox Dam by Cynthia Decker

Cretaceous Impression With Waterfall by Lars Braad Andersen

First Contact by David Aguero

New Civilisation by Marvin Funke

Tree of Knowledge by Ralph Strean



Introducing VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R3

VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R3 Now Available

We are pleased to introduce VUE and PlantFactory 2016 Release 3 (R3)!

In addition to the availability of all product titles in French and German, VUE and PlantFactory 2016 R3 are packed with new features and advancements that demonstrate our commitment to optimizing your user experience, strengthening our current technologies, and improving overall performance on a quarterly basis.

Check this out!

Key New Features in VUE 2016 R3

  • UX/UI improvements:
    • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • Higher quality display in Render Scene preview for soft shadows
    • Better handling of editor window manipulations
    • Support for HiDPI screens on MacOS
  • Optimized scene saving process:
    • Up to 4x faster scene saving
    • Up to 2x smaller file size
    • 3 New scene saving modes: Default, Consolidated Archive, Network Rendering
  • HDR Rendering:
    • Major improvements in dynamic range depth when using Spectral Atmospheres
    • New optional Sun Visibility parameter for Spectral Atmospheres
    • Automatic de-activation of Tone-Mapping when saving HDR pictures (.hdr or .exr formats)
  • Path Tracer renderer improvements:
    • Adds support for Spectral Cloud layers
    • Support for 'Don't cast shadows' and 'Disable Indirect Lighting' material properties
    • New Translucent material type
    • Now supports Soft Shadows and Blurry Reflections/Refractions
  • Cloud Modulation:
    • New Cloud Opacity modulation
    • Access local coordinates for color settings
  • Faster computing of Spline operations for HeightField Terrains
  • xStream Integration:
    • Adds support for 3ds Max 2018
    • Optimized native spline handling
  • Network Rendering: New command line options to set color/alpha/depth passes for both stills and animations rendering
  • New Python callbacks for setting and getting Color, Alpha and Depth channels saving locations

Full VUE 2016 R3 feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new

Advanced pruning algorithms in action!


Key New Features in PlantFactory 2016 R3

  • UX/UI improvements:
    • Major performance/responsiveness/stability improvements
    • Better wireframe display, and improved gizmo manipulator interactions
    • Improved geometry loading and previewing
    • Improved vegetation painting
  • Advanced vegetation pruning algorithms with new Cut probability, Cut length and Radius Reduction parameters
  • New Current Primitive node allows advanced control over branch growth and natural pruning effects
  • Improved geometry transition algorithms:
    • Better handling of branch offset
    • Improved geometry continuity with highly distorted models
    • Displacement mapping now available on transition zones
  • Improved exports:
    • New optional wind application to exported geometry
    • Improved export dialog interface
    • Improved PTex format export for plant materials
Full PlantFactory 2016 R3 feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview/

Availability

Release 3 (R3) is available as a free software update for all registered users of VUE and PlantFactory 2016.

The 2016 R3 personal learning editions (PLE) and trial versions are also immediately available.

Download the 2016 R3 PLEs and Trials from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

3D Environment Competition 2017 Opens

Over $30,000 in Prizes to Award the Best

Renderings

E-on software, in association with Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, ArtStation, CGChannel, CGSociety, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, Routledge, Gnomon School, Bournemouth University and Ecole George Melies is honored to invite you to participate in the "3D Environment Competition 2017".

With judges that are leading experts in the major fields of the 3D entertainment industry, and with over $30,000 worth in prizes, this competition is the biggest we haves ever organized!



Watch the 3D Environment Competition Trailer on Youtube


Main and Academic Categories


For the first time, the competition will have 2 distinct categories, with specific prizes for both.

The main category is opened to every Artist (professionals and hobbyists), and the second category will be dedicated to Students.

To keep things simple, all entrants will submit their entry to the same gallery, however, Students must add an Academic watermark to their submission to be considered for the e-on Academic category.

Learn more from the Competition rules page.




Judging Performed by Industry Legends!


The "3D Environment Competition 2017" judges are all Industry Legends in the world of 3D graphics, from the Motion Picture, Game, to Media and Broadcast industries:






Extensive Set of Hardware, 3D Tools and Resources to be Won!


With over $30,000 worth in prizes from e-on software, Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, Routledge, this is a competition you don't want to miss!

See the full prize list here!

Main Category:

  • The winner will receive over $17,000 worth in prizes
  • The First runner up will receive over $8,000 worth in prizes
  • The Second runner up will receive over $4,000 worth in prizes

E-on Academic Category:


  • The winning team will receive up to $4,000 worth in prizes per team member

More about the prizes and sponsors>>



Read more info and the submission guidelines from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/competition

Gnomon Masterclass: Bringing the Director's Vision to Life


Bringing the Director's Vision to Life:

From Script to Final Concept


Saturday, May 27th, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Philippe Gaulier (Senior Art Director) and Olivier Pron (Supervising Art Director) will connect at the Gnomon Stage on Saturday, May 27th, to share their experiences, methods, and techniques for creating concept art and visuals for films. From initial brainstorm to final concept, Philippe and Olivier will discuss the various challenges they face during the pre-production process in a film production environment, and highlight some of their contributions to films such as Dr. Strange, Mad Max: Fury Road, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Meet the leading artists from one of Los Angeles' top studios and hear firsthand how their artistic journeys and creative processes have helped them generate conceptual art that has brought directors' visions to life for the big screen.

RSVP to attend for free. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure to arrive in good time to secure your place in line. Alternatively, follow along on Livestream* and ask questions during the live event using #gnomon on Twitter.

*This event will be streamed live, but due to the Marvel content that will be shared, the event will not be archived. Be sure to tune in live to watch this event on May 27th at 1:00 PM PDT. The recording will not be available for viewing after the event ends.

Schedule

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Bringing the Director's Vision to Life: Philippe Gaulier and Olivier Pron
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Audience Questions


Learn more from:
www.gnomon.edu

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2016 R2 PLEs and Trials Now Available

The 2016 PLEs and Trials are now available!

The 2016 R2 PLEs are fully functional version of VUE xStream/Infinite 2016 and PlantFactory Producer 2016. With the PLE, you can create complete projects, render in FullHD and save your work (see website for other limitations).

The Personal Learning Editions perform under all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 (64 bit only), and are Mac Intel (64 bit) for MacOSX 10.6+.

Download the 2016 R2 PLEs from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

30 Day Trial Versions

Trial Versions are designed to offer you a way to evaluate each specific version before making any purchasing decisions.

The trial versions will work for 30 days and saving is disabled. Check website for other limitations.

Download the 2016 R2 Trial Versions from:
www.e-onsoftware.com/try

PlantFactory 2016 R2 Now Shipping

Stylized Meshing Mode - Cycling through various Smoothing and Convexity quality values


PlantFactory 2016 R2 Now Available

The Release of PlantFactory 2016 R2 goes alongside the recently released VUE 2016 R2.

Key new features in PlantFactory 2016 R2 include:

Stylized Meshing Mode: The new Stylized Meshing mode enables you to quickly and automatically generate a low polygon envelope version of vegetation models and export models with a small polygon footprint while retaining the actual vegetation visual volume. Additionally, envelope resolution, smoothing, and convexity quality is user configurable and can range from none to ultra-sharp edged meshes to ultra-smooth. Stylized Meshing mode can also be used creatively to produce non-photorealistic vegetation.


3-Axis Billboard Leaves Rotation: Using Billboard leaves is ideal when working for Real-Time engines, or, in an offline workflow, to create low polygon plants to be seen from a distance. (Billboard leaves are perfect for VUE EcoSystem populations for instance). Quick and easy to set up, this new feature is perfect to avoid any obvious linear visual pattern, by letting you add slight randomization to leaves axis rotation.


Full feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview

Introducing VUE 2016 R2


VUE 2016 R2 Now Available

We are pleased to introduce VUE 2016 Release 2 (R2)!

These new releases reflect our commitment to bring new features and functionality to VUE and PlantFactory as frequently as possible. We plan to release incremental updates that introduce new functionality every 4 months.

Key new features in VUE 2016 R2 include:

360° VR Panoramas: VUE 2016 R2 enables the rendering of 360° panoramas as static images or animations, which are compatible with all of VUE's render options, such as multi-pass or high dynamic range (HDR). When rendering a VR panorama, VUE automatically levels the camera perfectly to avoid unwanted distortion. Rendered VR panoramas are automatically recognized by Facebook, YouTube, and other panoramic compliant platforms as 360° images or videos.

Up to 16 Viewports:(1) VUE 2016 R2 enables you to set up to 16 viewports instead of the four traditional views. This feature is particularly useful on a multi-monitor system, to test various framing options or when adding more camera angles without touching any of the main scene setup. All additional viewports retain the same traditional options, such as render in view and the ability to set up as many perspective cameras as users would like.



UX/UI improvements:

Terrain modeling:

  • "Blend Terrain with Image" automatically modifies the Heightfield Terrain function graph (instead of modifying the terrain Heightmap).
  • Simplified "Resample Terrain" replaces "Resize Terrain", to update terrain resolution without changing its size within the scene.

User Interface:

  • The "Interactive slider changes" option now also affects the mouse wheel for more dynamic visual display of users' modifications in real-time.
  • Improved visibility in viewports as a result of revised wireframe selection colors.
  • The user interface is now locked when downloading an object or a scene from the extra content.

Materials

  • Easier access and editing of multiple materials through sub-menu hierarchy display.

Full feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new

(1) VUE xStream and Infinite only

VUE 2016 Artist Product Line Now Available


The Full VUE 2016 Product Line is Now Available

Today, we are pleased to introduce VUE Complete 2016, VUE Studio 2016, VUE Esprit 2016 and the free VUE Pioneer 2016!

This finalizes the introduction to the market of VUE 2016.

Thank you for your comments and feedback on VUE and PlantFactory 2016. With this new release, we are adding significant functionality such as an exciting Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer, the new and powerful Heightfield Terrain technology, plenty of EcoSystem technology improvements, and a lot more!


Key new features in VUE 2016 include:

  • Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer enabling GPU rendering
  • Heightfield Terrains: New Terrain Modeling technology, more flexible and a lot more Powerful!
  • Multiple Global EcoSystem Layers, that can be saved as EcoPainter Brushes
  • PlantFactory Variations: Easily and quickly add more realism to your scenes and improve productivity at the same time!
  • Optimized Workspace and Workflow and HiDPI display support
  • And a lot more...

Check out some of the new features in action!


HeightField Terrain Technology



Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer



PlantFactory Preset Variations



Multiple Global EcoSystems


Full feature list: e-onsoftware.com/complete?page=new

PlantFactory 2016 Now Available


PlantFactory 2016: Create, Refine, and Export high-quality animated 3D Plants

PlantFactory is an innovative 3D vegetation modeling, animation, and rendering software developed for the CG, SFX, architecture and gaming communities.


"PlantFactory is a must have for any vfx pipeline -- not only as an ideal companion to VUE, but also as a strong ally in any general environment production scenario." said Peter Baustaedter, VFX art director and environment artist.


Key new features in VUE 2016 include:

  • Growth Simulation: Easily generate geometry using a biologically inspired growth simulation
  • PlantFactory Variations: Easily and quickly add more realism to your scenes and improve your productivity at the same time!
  • Fully customizable Level of Detail (LOD)
  • And a lot more...

Check out some of the new features in action!


Growth Simulation



Preset Variations



Level Of Detail (LOD)


Full feature list: plantfactory-tech.com/overview/

VUE Infinite and xStream 2016 are Here


VUE 2016: Create Seamlessly Integrated Natural 3D Environments

VUE 2016 is packed with new features and advancements that accelerate modeling and animation, enabling computer graphics, artists, and others to seamlessly enrich their natural environment and standout visuals for their movies, games, and architectural landscape.


Olivier Pron, supervising art director and head of art department, Method Studios, said, "VUE and PlantFactory are helping us be more creative and productive across the entire workflow for our productions, regardless the tools we currently use."


Key new features in VUE 2016 include:

  • Integration: Export almost any assets, including full scenes and EcoSystem populations(1)
  • xStream Convert tool: render your scenes with any renderer such as RenderMan, Arnold, Octane, VRayRT, etc.(1)
  • Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer enabling GPU rendering
  • Heightfield Terrains: New Terrain Modeling technology, more flexible and a lot more Powerful!
  • Multiple Global EcoSystem Layers, that can be saved as EcoPainter Brushes
  • PlantFactory Variations: Easily and quickly add more realism to your scenes and improve productivity at the same time!
  • Fully customizable workspace and HiDPI display support
  • And a lot more...

Check out some of the new features in action!


Import and Export



HeightField Terrain Technology



Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer



PlantFactory Preset Variations



Multiple Global EcoSystems



Customizable Workspace


(1) VUE xStream only

Full feature list: e-onsoftware.com/xstream?page=new

VUE 2016 Leaks #3: Heightfield Terrains

Heightfield Terrains - More flexible and a lot more Powerful!

With VUE 2016, we're introducing a brand new terrain modeling technology, more flexible and a lot more powerful, called "Heightfield Terrains".

This new technology allows you to add terrain effects that were previously impossible to achieve, such as Hydrological & Thermal Simulations!

Similar to procedural terrains, Heightfield Terrains are based on a function graph, but baked on a fixed-resolution grid. This will give you more flexibility and add more realism to your terrains. Heightfield Terrains are also significantly faster to render!

Heighfield terrains are manually sculptable and parameters can be animated - e.g. to simulate a terrain erosion over time for instance!

And finally, you can easily set up your graph outputs to drive your material presence, directly from within the Terrain Editor interface.



The Heightfield Terrains technology comes with its set of new dedicated nodes and presets, like Erosion, Slope, Convexity, Blur or Terrace.

New Layout Nodes also let you design a terrain's "layout" (most prominent features) using hand-drawn elements like Splines, elements from the scene, or simple shapes (circles, rectangles, rounded rectangles).

Start as simple as drawing a line,
let the power of the Terrain Editor do the rest!


Stay tuned for more VUE-Leaks in the coming days!



VUE 2016 Leaks #2: PlantFactory Variations

Easily and quickly add more realism to your scenes.
Improve your productivity at the same time!

1- In PlantFactory 2016

PlantFactory 2015 introduced the concept of Presets. PlantFactory 2016 now introduces the concept of Preset Variations.

Preset Variations allow you to immediately include subtle differences to your plant (change the number of buds on a blooming flower, or its petal colors for instance).

This new feature allows you to easily add variety to create realistic environments with one single plant species!

2- In VUE 2016

Within VUE 2016, you directly get access to the PlantFactory species presets and variations within the Plant Browser, the Plant Editor and within your EcoSystem population list.

So, at every step of your scene creation process, you are able to select the species you want, the preset you want and the variations you want!

Quick, easy, productive!


Stay tuned for more VUE-Leaks in the coming days!



VUE 2016 Leaks #1: Interactive Path Tracer

Hybrid GPU/CPU Interactive Path Tracer

GPU rendering comes to VUE with the new Path Tracer renderer. This renderer naturally and automatically simulates real-life lighting, and automatically calculates many effects that have to be specifically set with other methods, such as soft shadows, depth of field, caustics, ambient occlusion, and indirect lighting.

Path tracing in VUE 2016 is available as an interactive rendering quality in the viewports, as well as an offline rendering engine.



Stay tuned for more VUE-Leaks in the coming days!



Save 30% on VUE and TPF 2015 - Receive 2016 for FREE

>> Full pricelist

This special offer ends on October 10, 2016.
www.e-onsoftware.com

*Special offer does not apply to Maintenance extensions, ATC licenses, License Server and Network Rendering Licenses.

Equip Your School 2016 Student Program

Equip Your School 2016 Student Program

As an enthusiastic and passionate Artist, you are using either VUE or PlantFactory and really enjoy creating your 3D natural scenes/environments with it?

You're having fun with our tools, and you know for fact how these tools can be useful in a professional context?

You are a student and would like to share this technology and your passion with your professor and fellow students?

Get your school equipped* and receive a full suite of e-on software products for FREE!
For any questions or to apply, contact:
edu@e-onsoftware.com

*A School/University/Community College is considered as "equipped" when they have subscribed to e-on software ATC (Education) program

Jungle Book Art Contest Winners

Cornucopia3D is proud to announce the 3 winners for the Cornucopia3D Jungle Book Art Contest!

We would like to thank all Artists who entered the contest. We were more than impressed by the quality of your artwork!

And of course, congratulations to the 3 winners for their truly superb works!

Jungle Book Art Contest Winner


Forgotten Place by Aron Kamolz

First Runner Up


Jungle River by Lars Braad Andersen

Second Runner Up


Alone in the jungle by Maciek Sikora

Honorable Mentions


The Mire by Craig John

Small Adventures by Benjamin Aeilkema
Check all entries and the prizes each winner has won!
www.cornucopia3d.com/contests.php

Jungle Book Art Contest - Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes

Jungle Book 2016 Art Contest

"He would be far away in the jungle; tasting, touching, seeing, and feeling new things." - Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

Spring has emerged and in the spirit of the Jungle Book Cornucopia3D is offering a new contest for the best Jungle Rendering of all time!

We want to see an explosion of vegetation, green mountains, clear skies, or maybe cloudy skies, a wild animal or two peeking from behind a tree or up in the branches.

A man or a woman might be lost in there. Any wolves?

In 1894 Kipling wrote a collection of stories that were published in magazines with wild illustrations that were actually created by Kipling's father.

Many have read the jungle book and seen the black and white Hollywood classic, possibly more people are familiar with the many feature films, animations, experimental pieces, and cartoons that were based on the Jungle Book plot and now, with the explosion of 3D, Disney is releasing a new version for 2016.

And it's your turn, create an image that lures you into the Jungle and win great prizes from Cornucopia3D and e-on software.

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

With prizes from Cornucopia3D and e-on software the 3 winners will receive several thousands of dollars worth of prizes altogether.

1st place:

First Runner Up:

Second Runner Up:

Learn more and enter the competition:
www.cornucopia3d.com/contests.php

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